Video Masterclasses:

Masterclass 1 - Acting for a Microphone

Andrew Cullum, star of our recent production of Jeeves and Wooster in Perfect Nonsense, is also an unbelievably experienced voice actor for radio and audio books. He joins us from his studio to reflect on the process of being an actor when the only thing you have to communicate with is your voice.

Masterclass 2 - An Introduction to Audio Drama

Alan Pollock is a writer for stage, screen and radio. His work includes Attachments for BBC 2, and plays for Hampstead Theatre and The Traverse Theatre. His radio plays include Philip and Sydney, Every Duchess In England and May There Always Be Sunshine. Here he shares some thoughts on how to set about writing work for the audience to just listen to - the challenges and the opportunities.

Masterclass 3 - Using Verbatim Methods to create Audio Drama. 

Verbatim drama uses real, found text (such as interviews or overheard conversations) to create a play. LUNG is a campaign-led verbatim theatre company whose work has been staged at Leeds Playhouse, the National Theatre Studio and Battersea Arts Centre. In this video, the company’s artistic directors Helen and Matt introduce us to the concept of verbatim theatre and how you can use it to create your own unique audio drama.

Masterclass 4 - An Actor's Approach to Audio Drama

Helen Monks is an actor and writer whose credits include Upstart Crow, Raised by Wolves and Inside No. 9, as well as the voice of Pip Archer in Radio 4’s The Archers for over ten years. In this video, Helen talks us through what she looks for in an audio script, and offers her tips to writers. 

Masterclass 5 - Writing from Life

Caroline Horton is a writer, director and performer whose work is often drawn from her own life. She reflects on that process, and how you can draw inspiration from what has happened or is happening to you.

Young Writer resources:

Click below to download a writer's pack for those aged 6 - 11 years. 

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Click below to download an ideas prompt for those aged 12 - 18 years. 

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